Red Cross in Washington Updates Services

December 19, 2007

American Red Cross disaster relief operation continues to  adjust its service locations and services to address changing community needs.  Locations and details found here: Read the rest of this entry »


Feeding Adna

December 14, 2007

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In a small rural town near Chehalis, Wash, life revolves around the local high school – basketball games, fundraisers and parent-teacher conferences keep families and neighbors connected. And residents of Adna and the American Red Cross weren’t going to allow a flood to disrupt that tradition. Volunteers delivered warm meals to the Adna High School to give families a break from cleaning up their homes and property, visit with friends and learn about flood relief services available in the community. The more than 150 mud-caked boots that walked through the cafeteria doors symbolized this community’s resiliency and the tight-knit community the Red Cross is working so hard to restore.


Community Meetings

December 14, 2007

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During a recent community meeting in Rochester, Wash., Red Cross volunteer Zach Sullivan visited with a Thurston County family affected by the flood, helped them identify their needs and set priorities for their recovery. Red Cross caseworkers, in partnership with other community organizations, are offering assistance and advice to residents at more than a dozen town hall meetings scheduled this week in Southwest Washington.


Shelter Clowns

December 14, 2007

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Shelter residents and Red Cross workers took a minute to clown around with comedic entertainers from Yakima, Wash., and relieve some stress caused by last week’s flooding. The troop lifted spirits, brought joy and laughter for the dozens of families staying at Red Cross shelter in the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis, Wash.


Play Area

December 14, 2007

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Red Cross volunteer Susan Winters plays with children while parents receive flood relief assistance at the service center established at the Bethel Church in Chehalis, Wash. Last week’s events were undoubtedly frightening for adults, but they were especially traumatic for children. With the help of the local community and their families, the Red Cross is trying to restore daily routines to help children cope with their anxiety by providing a safe place to play and talk about their experiences. The simple act of playing with dolls and trucks, something they did regularly before the disaster, helps reduce their fears and gives them hope. Licensed mental health professionals are available to provide emotional support to children and adults afftected by the flood at all Red Cross sites in Southwest Washington.


American Red Cross Video Feeds Now Available

December 13, 2007

All material from ARC video crews is available for viewing and download via our FTP site.

To access the FTP site go to:

www.videobluemoon.com/login.php

In the e-mail address field, type oregonflood (as written: lower case – one word)

Password: redcross (again, as written)

In the index page that follows, just click on the link for the video you want to see.

A page will build (after a few moments) that includes a viewing frame with a still image from the video.  To view the video, just click on the image. QuickTime must be installed on the computer for this video to be seen. (most computers used by TV personnel will have it installed) It’s a free plug-in from Apple available at www.apple.com.

The video can either be viewed for preview, or downloaded by newsroom personnel for broadcast. The video is a MPEG-2 program stream file – high resolution for broadcast.


Right time and place

December 10, 2007

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He has been dubbed the “Red Cross Baby.” Dagoh Jackson Howell-Patron was born late in the evening on December, 9, weighing 7lbs. 4oz. and measuring 20.5 inches in length. Read the rest of this entry »


Washington Residents Begin Cleaning Up

December 10, 2007

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Dozens of residents, including Angela Tauscher are picking up tarps, brooms and other supplies at the Red Cross distribution center at Bethel Church in Chehalis, Wash. after receiving assistance at the co-located service center. Angela lost the bottom floor of her home to flood waters that is now, inches of thick of smelly mud. Read the rest of this entry »


Small things matter

December 10, 2007

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At nine months pregnant, with only days before her due date, the last thing Cassie Brandt thought she would be doing was wading through waist deep water to escape her home flooded home. Read the rest of this entry »


Close to home

December 10, 2007

One week ago, as helicopters hovered and sirens blared throughout the small town of Centralia, Wash., lifelong resident and retired Red Cross volunteer, D.J. Sweeney, was pulling out her Red Cross hat and gearing herself up to help with what would become the worst flood she had ever seen hit her hometown. As soon as she learned the waters began to flood neighboring homes, she called into her local Red Cross office to find out how she could help. She hadn’t been an active volunteer for a while because she was caring for an ailing relative, but she was trained and knew they would need help. Minutes later, she was on her way to one of several Red Cross shelters already set up to receive evacuees. Read the rest of this entry »


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